First Tee of Central Mississippi will launch its spring golf/life skills program Saturday, March 2 with a free golf clinic featuring Jim Gallagher Jr., formerly one of the PGA Tour’s leading money winners and now a TV analyst for Golf Channel.
The event will be held at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Golf Course. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will start at 10 a.m. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. The program is for boys and girls, ages 7-18. The public is invited. There is no charge.
First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after-school and in-school programs, First Tee aims to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values such as integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
Said Margo Coleman, executive director of First Tee: “Our community needs this for our youth. This is a great opportunity to introduce The First Tee to the kids in the Jackson metro area. Jim is a great ambassador for golf in Mississippi and we are excited to have him help us kick off our 2019 season.”
Coleman, who recently joined First Tee after a successful, 19-year stint heading the Mississippi Golf Association, said First Tee’s spring program will begin March 4 and continue for nine weeks. The clinic, featuring Gallagher, is meant to expose children and their families to the First Tee program, which teaches golf, life skills, healthy habits and First Tee’s nine core values. The spring program is limited to the first 28 children who sign up.
Gallagher and his wife, 12-time Women’s State Amateur champion Cissye Gallagher, have been huge supporters of First Tee, donating not only their time but thousands of dollars of golf equipment.
Gallagher won six PGA Tour events, including the 1993 Tour Championship. He was a member of victorious USA teams in the 1993 Ryder Cup and the 1994 Presidents Cup.